Sassan Hafizi
  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

1. The role of Gas6 as a mediator of repair in demyelinating disease of the CNS
2. Targeting TAM receptor signalling pathways in cancer
3. TAM receptors as modulators of neuroinflammation

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I have a BSc in Biochemistry from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. I have a PhD in cardiovascular cell pharmacology from the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, under the supervision of Prof Sir Magdi Yacoub.

I was an EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Lund University, Sweden, working with Prof. Björn Dahlbäck on the cellular biology of the Gas6-TAM signalling system. I continued my research work under higher postdoctoral fellowships and then as an independent investigator, until I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2009 as Senior Lecturer. I was promoted to Reader in Cell and Molecular Biology in September 2017. 

For more information about my research please visit my lab page

Research Interests

1) Gas6-TAM ligand-receptor signalling and its role in normal and pathophysiological cell biology, including cancer and neurological diseases. 

2) Intracellular signalling via the Tensin family proteins in normal and cancer cell biology.

Full-time project supervision: PhD studentship projects, ERASMUS internship students, Brazilian undergraduate “Science without Borders” placements; undergraduate summer bursary students.

Leader of Cellular Signalling Group. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Q Science (General)
  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • Pharmacology
  • Small molecule inhibitors
  • RB Pathology
  • Cancer
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Inflammation


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